IMG 7 On 7 Recap- The Defense

The IMG 7 on 7 Tournament Qualifier took place over the weekend with the Snoop Dogg All-Stars taking home the title knocking off BBT (Body By Tra) in the championship game. Here's a look at some of the standout performers from the event.

There was a ton of talent on hand at the IMG Regional qualifier, so much in fact that we'll split this up in to two parts, offense and defense. Here's a look at the top defensive players from the weekend.

*DB, Stanley Norman- Culver City (Calif.) (2015)

Norman had a track meet on Saturday and missed the pool play round and his BBT team looked just average. On Sunday, it was a different story as Norman took it upon himself to cover every other team's top receiver and was in lock down mode all day. He has incredible quickness and natural cover skills. He doesn't need to hold, clutch or grab like 95% of the other corners but relies on his incredible feet, football savvy and toughness. If Norman was in the class of 2014, he would rank among the top five pure cover corners in the west right now.

*DB, Randy Beggs- Vista Murrieta (Calif.)

Beggs is a dynamic playmaker and is always around the football. He plays with a reckless abandon style and has no problem throwing his body around the field. You can only imagine what Beggs looks like in pads as he plays absolutely fearless without them.

*LB, Curtis Bolton- Vista Murrieta (Calif.)

Every time we see Bolton, he looks much better and he's not just making small strides, he's making huge leaps to a new position. Bolton is a rocked out 215 pounds and he can run. He's one of the toughest and most physical players in the state and his athleticism has really improved. He even got some time playing tight end and made several nice catches as well.

*LB, Fred Warner- San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills

Like Bolton, Warner played mostly defensive end for his HS team but is playing lineabcker in 7 on 7 play. He played middle linebacker in this tourney and even though B2G had a surprising early exit Sunday, Warner was a standout on Saturday. He looked very comfortable playing space, was physical with receivers/tight end going over the middle and his closing speed was very impressive.

*DB, Dechaun Holiday- San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills (2015)

Holiday just oozes upside and he'll be one of the state's top prospects in two years. He's all of 6-2, 185 pounds and actually looks even bigger than that. He plays corner at the HS level but worked out at safety and is still learning the position. Once he gets more comfortable, and becomes more confident in his ability, his game should rise to another level.

*DB, Iman Marshall- LB Poly (Calif.) (2015)

Marshall always competes and you have to love his energy and passion he plays with. He'll be a swing player in college similar to UCLA signee Priest Willis in that he'll be able to play corner or safety. He's still young but looks bigger and more muscular every time we see him. Projecting him two years from now when he's a senior, it's not a stretch Marshall could end 6-2, 210 pounds before he even steps foot on a college campus.

*LB, Dwight Williams- Gardena (Calif.) Serra

We've said it before but Williams' game was made for 7 on 7 play. He's a great cover ‘backer and combines the ability to be physical at the line of scrimmage, very good cover skills and the ability to close on anyone with the ball in their hands. He looks great physically and has put on about 10 pounds of muscle since last season.

*DB, Jordan Lasley- Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Lasley had an impressive showing at the NIKE Camp at receiver but impressed over the weekend as a corner. He's another tall corner, about 6-1, 185 pounds and can react and close on the ball. He has long arms and can get his hands on a lot of footballs but was rarely tested. He also runs very well and is one of the more under-rated players in the state.

*DB, Naijiel Hale- Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

Hale brings it every time he plays out and if you're lined up against him, you know it's going to be a battle. Hale is 5-10 but plays like he's 6-2 and is arguably the most physical corner in the region. He's relentless on a receiver and will give an extra bump here and shove there just to make sure you know he's there.

*DB, Jonathan Lockett- Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

One of the best matchups of pool play was watching Lockett go against Rashead Johnson mano y mano. It was best on best and both players got the better of each other but Lockett impressed with his physicality and high level athleticism. Some have questioned Lockett's top end speed but he showed he can run with anyone and showed great leaping ability on a few pass breakups as well.

*DB, Jaleel Wadood- Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco

It's a constant debate of whether Wadood will play corner or safety but one thing is for certain, he's a great football player. In fact, he made a ton of plays on the offensive side of the ball at running back and could easily play on either side in college. He's extremely aggressive in pass defense, covers a ton of ground from his safety position and plays with an incredibly high football IQ. No one does more to help their team win than Wadood and that was the case against this tournament.

*DB, Darren Gardenhire- Lakewood (Calif.)

Gardenhire is an active safety with corner skills. He has a nice frame, is a very tough and active defensive player and has solid ball skills. The entire secondary for Snoops team can all really run and although he's often overshadowed by his more celebrated teammates, Gardenhire is a very good looking prospect.

*DB, Artuz Manning- Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)

Manning always impresses and had another strong tournament playing for Ground Zero. He has all the tools you could want in a top level cover corner prospect and teams are definitely sleeping on him right now. He looked good in Vegas and looked even better at IMG. Physically, he's very well put together, has nice top end speed and will battle you all game long.

*DB, Sidney Jones- West Covina (Calif.)

Jones played opposite Norman for BBT and no one did much against them on Sunday. Jones is a talk corner at 6-1+ and 175 pounds. We always considered him more of a receiver prospect but he focused on corner in this tournament and looks like a natural cover man and very comfortable in space.

*LB, Chandler Leniu- Vista Murrieta (Calif.)

Leniu earned tourney MVP honors after his TEAM AIGA 7 on 7 squad took home the title in Las Vegas and he was key again last weekend for the Snoop Dogg all-stars. Leniu is a physical 'backer who can cover tight ends and redirects everyone coming across the middle. He's very strong and active and can cover a lot of ground. He's best with the pads on but he has shown this winter that he can shine in 7 on 7 play as well.

*DB, Jeff Farrar- Upland (Calif.)

We won't mince words, Farrar was very average on Saturday and just didn't look very engaged. On Sunday, the athlete stepped up his game and helped BBT make a great run to the championship game. He had multiple picks, was around the ball and did a nice job keeping offenses from completing anything deep down the middle.

*DB, Denzel Fisher- Compton (Calif.) Centennial

You had to watch Fisher away from the ball to appreciate how good he was because he was rarely tested. His long, lean frame really jumps out at you and he's so smooth in his backpedal. For a tall corner, Fisher shows a nice closing burst and competes very hard. He's a hungry player and definitely looks like one of the top corners in the region.

*DB, Malik Cyphers- Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian

It seems like Cyphers has been around forever as he landed his first scholarship offer after his freshman season. He's starting to make a jump in his game and looked good at the NIKE Camp and again at IMG. You can tell he has worked hard in the weight room and is noticeably bigger. He played very physical and with a lot of passion and energy and his stock is definitely on the rise.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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